Punch Street's Trinky Things is a Best New Product Finalist for the National Stationery Show 2014! April 29 2014, 1 Comment
Breaking news alert! Punch Street's Strolled Into Our Hearts from our Trinky Things collection was selected as a "Best New Product" finalist for the National Stationery Show 2014!!
First off - it's our first time at the National Stationery Show, period. It's a huge show, hence, the word "National" :) and it's held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, NY. This year the show will take place on May 18 - May 21. As you know, we just started attending tradeshows this year (like, the Chicago Gift Show and the Dallas Gift Show) after rebranding some and finally getting our hands on our trinky things product late last year. We entered the Best New Product competition for the National Stationery Show some time in March of this year. We submitted a picture and pitched on our product, answering questions like "What Makes Your Product different from other similar products?" and more. We did our thing, pressed submit and didn't think much about it.
Around 12:45pm today we received the email announcing that we were selected as finalists! Yahoo.
So - why is this a big deal? Here is the short run:
1. Recognition: The National Stationery Show is like the end all be all of all things paper and stationery. To know that our industry peers are recognizing Punch Street's products "out of 500+" new product entries is a huge vote of confidence in what we are creating and what we continue to work so very hard on. Thank you for the nod, National Stationery Show!
2. Buyer Awareness: One of the perks of being a finalist is a "Best New Product Display" which "will be on exhibit for the entire Show allowing products high visibility for buyers." Woo hoo. If we were not named as finalists and wanted a display case at the show we would have had to pay upward of $1000+ dollars just for a display case. Yikes! No wonder it's so hard for small shops to get attention among big players with big budgets. Now - we will at least get some more eyeballs on our product and it's all for FREE!
3. A Chance at Top Honor: As a finalist we are eligible to win the top honor for our category, which is the Lifestyle category. (Other categories included: Paper Love, All Things Wedding, Luxury, Celebrations, The Desktop, Eco Chic, and Do It Yourself). Punch Street did not submit for any other category but Lifestyle and we were only allowed to submit one product. Final judging will happen at the show in May. "A panel of trade editors will judge display submissions and select...."
Fingers crossed. But whatever happens - today is a happy day!
Pictured above is the Trinky Things product that was submitted for entry. Product name: Strolled Into Our Hearts. Our patent pending gift-&-card-in-1 features ready-to-wear bejeweled charms on cards. This trendy gift-&-card-in-1 makes an affordable gift item for accessory and card lovers. Buy it here!
Pictured below is a snapshot of the notification email.